RM1,000 fine for SOP violators

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SIBU: Beginning Monday (Jan 18), members of the public and owners of business premises here found violating the movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be fined RM1,000.

This was revealed by the Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Safety chief DSP Ariffin Bahar when met while monitoring the second day of the MCO SOP compliance at Sibu Express Bus Terminal, Jalan Pahlawan here on Sunday (Jan 17).

“From Monday, the police will not hesitate to impose fines or compounds on stubborn individuals or owners of business premises.

“Yesterday (Saturday) and today, they will only be advised. Tomorrow, there won’t be any advice,” said Ariffin, adding that the fine or compound is under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Measures in Infected Local Areas) 2020.

He said his party would conduct monitoring in an effort to ensure strict compliance to the SOPs.

“We are doing this because we want the people to understand and be aware of the importance of complying with the SOP,” he said.

On the SOP monitoring at the bus terminal, he said buses are only allowed to be filled to half of its capacity.

“If there are 100 seats in the bus, only 50 of them are allowed to be filled. This is to make it easier for physical distancing to be practised inside public transportation,” he said.

He added that the monitoring was also conducted to check whether the bus passengers had their inter-district travel permits with them or not.

“We have a team consisting three to four policemen and members of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) here to conduct daily inspections,” said Ariffin.

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